Island life in Zanzibar – Metro US

Island life in Zanzibar


Stone Town (Unguja)
Head to the historical heart of the island, Stone Town. Touched by the cultures of ancient Persia, Oman and India’s Goa, it’s an explosion of cultures, styles and sights. Walk through the labyrinth of narrow paths dotted with small cafes, spice stalls and shops. The market has an Arabian bazaar-like setting and is bustling with energy.


Seafood and spice
The rainbow culture of Zanzibar is reflected in local cuisine, a unique fusion of Goan, Arab, African, Indian and Chinese. Seafood drenched in spices, coconut milk, coffee and exotic fruit are staples. Local “Spice Tours” are an excellent way of discovering more about the area’s history.


Sugarcane juice
A small strip of land facing the waterfront called Forodhani Gardens comes to life at sunset, when vendors set up their food stalls in preparation for the night. Try the fresh fish grilled on open fire and sip on some sugarcane juice.

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A sail
Sailing from Zanzibar across to the coasts of Tanzania in a Dhow is the best way to absorb the gliding beauty of the Indian Ocean. You may want to go with Dhow Safaris (www.dhowsafaris.net) who offer cruises around the island of Ungaja with an experienced crew.


Chumbe Island Chicop
Stay in one of the solar-powered huts on the marine-protected island as you get in touch with your inner Robinson Crusoe. Bake your own bread in a sun-trap oven and pump your water from the underground cistern, filled with filtered rainwater.